DENVER (AP) – A proposal to make it harder to send kids to school without their vaccines is up for a vote Thursday in a Colorado House committee.

The proposal has powerful bipartisan backers but sparks intense opposition from some.

Colorado is one of 18 states that allow parents and students to opt out of getting required vaccines if they submit a statement of exemption based on religious or personal beliefs.

The bill would require students seeking a personal exemption to watch a video that discusses the benefits and risks of immunization to the student.

Sponsors say the change is needed because of whooping cough outbreaks and other health risks that could be prevented if more pupils were vaccinated.

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